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The 3 Phases of Applying to Medical School

Kaplan MCAT Prep - Medical School Admissions Timeline

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Intimidated by applying to medical school?

We get it; the medical school admissions process can be daunting. After all, the end result of becoming a doctor is something you’ve wanted for a long time—something that’s going to help you pursue your vision of the “good life.” So it’s only natural to want everything to be perfect when you submit your application.

Today, we will break down and simplify the application process to take the edge off.

 

3-phase process

Applying …

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MD or DO: Insight from an Osteopathic Medical Student

md vs do - what is the difference between a Doctor of Medicine and a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine?

A Doctor of Medicine and a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine will both lead to the good life – but what are the differences between the two? If you had asked me at the beginning of college whether or not a DO could prescribe medication, I would have given the same answer as one-third of Americans – I don’t know. Of course, after several years of experience shadowing DOs and as a student of osteopathy, I now know both degrees receive the same level of training, specialize in the same fields, and overall, have the same medical …

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Getting into Medical School: Tips for Secondary Applications

Getting Into Medical SchoolHello my med school applicant readers! It’s that time of year again when students are turning in their primary applications, getting them verified by AMCAS and thinking about completing their secondary applications. Unlike primary applications, every medical school’s secondary application is different. That means each school will have a different fee, different form and different essays. If you’ve applied to 10+ schools, keeping track of all of your secondaries is a challenge and can be entirely overwhelming. So, what’s an applicant to do?

Here are some quick tips for successfully completing your secondary applications.

1) Be

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2013 Kaplan Medical School Admissions Officer Survey: MCAT 2015

Joins us at this month’s Kaplan Pulse! Thursday November 14th 8pm EST/ 5pm PST

We surveyed 79 medical schools, including 18 of the top 25. Join our panel of graduate school admissions officers and admissions experts as they discuss—and debate—our findings.

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Here is preview of what they said on MCAT 2015!

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2013 Kaplan Medical School Admissions Officer Survey: Admissions Trends

Following up on last Friday’s post on Social Media in Medical School Admissions, the 2013 Medical School Admissions Officer Survey also included a series of questions on General Admissions Trends and Curriculum. Take a look at the questions below!

Want to know more? Joins us at this month’s Kaplan Pulse! Thursday November 14th 8pm EST/ 5pm PST

REGISTER HERE => Kaplan Pulse

We surveyed 79 medical schools, including 18 of the top 25. Join our panel of graduate school admissions officers and admissions experts as they discuss—and debate—our findings.

Get the answers to these questions:…

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5 Days Until Med School Insider 2013!

Kaplan Test Prep will host our fourth annual Medical School Insider on Monday, April 29th at 8pm ET.  This is our biggest event of the year for pre-meds and you absolutely don’t want to miss it!

The insights revealed at #medInsider are incredible, they’ll really change the way you look at the admissions process!  Be sure to mark your calendar now for this year’s live streaming event. Save your spot by clicking here now!

A sneak peak from one of the questions last year:

What’s the best way to be a premed?

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6 Days Until Med School Insider 2013!

Kaplan Test Prep will host our fourth annual Medical School Insider on Monday, April 29th at 8pm ET.  This is our biggest event of the year for pre-meds and you absolutely don’t want to miss it!

The insights revealed at #medInsider are incredible, they’ll really change the way you look at the admissions process!  Be sure to mark your calendar now for this year’s live streaming event. Save your spot by clicking here now!

A sneak peak from one of the questions last year:

What activities and extracurriculars should premed students get involved in?

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March Madness – How to Pick Your Favorite Medical School

BasketballIt’s that time of year again when even the most passive of college basketball fans pick up a bracket and start cheering for their favorite team in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. Not being a basketball fan myself, I don’t pay as much attention as some people, but I know that I, and many other prospective medical school students, are engaged in our own version of medical school March madness.

Okay, so we have some acceptances, we are waitlisted at some schools and rejected by others. Now it comes down to the last few weeks before …

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The Pre-Medical Experience: A Critical Review

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June 1st will be here before we know it.  Every year the opening day for submission of the AMCAS application comes and pre-meds apply to medical schools across the country in hopes of a coveted spot to continue the journey in their medical education.

This past month the International Journal of Medical Education released a an article The undergraduate premedical experience in the United States: a critical review that raises some interesting points for pre-meds to consider as they begin to gear up for application season.

Some important points to highlight from the journal shows …

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Innovation and the AMA

It’s no secret that the world is constantly evolving, with new resources and technology being developed each day.  The medical field is no exception to the tides of change, and as a reflection of the rapidly changing nature of medical education, the AMA recently announced a grant initiative to jump-start the medical school revolution. You can read all about the grants and the request for proposals from the AMA, but it sounds like they are off to a roaring start. Doctor1

In the AMA’s post, they mention some specific areas for improvement such as including lessons …

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